2021 Retrospective & Next Step
A decision leads you toward a different adventure
Reading Stats in 2021
I just took some statistics about view and reading values of my post and the top 3 posts were:
Much to my surprise, there are so many views on Kanban issues but I am not sure why. Could anyone explain what is your viewpoint on this topic because as I know there are not many people talking about this.. at least in Taiwan. :)
Furthermore, I have been watching the market requirements of an Agile Coach for a long time. It is regretful that even if agile methodologies have been advocated for a long time our job market is still unfriendly to those who are willing to put efforts into the field and acquire misleading capabilities. No wonder there are many people calling Taiwan as a ghost island (鬼島).
Performance management associates to bonus directly so that usually we concentrate on increasing our personal skills but ignore that the overall performance even matters. The target of applying agile approaches is to view a team as a whole so that they are trained to become a cross-functional team.
Footprint of Writings
I browsed my post history on Medium and found that in 2021 I had published 22 articles to describe many perspectives of Agile methodologies since Feb. I started doing this because I deeply knew as a software engineer, in most times I cannot applied better approaches to change the existing culture of a team, not to mention the mindset of managers.
So I decided to do it in this way of sharing my thoughts with those who might have the identical angles with me, in order to awaken people’s desire to refine their working atmosphere.
In fact, I would like to do more than just writing articles! In most people’s thoughts, they might know agile methods from Scrum. However, it is very deep and interesting if we would like to dig more domains regarding how to enhance the working efficiency as well as how to change the existing culture of an organization because Agile not only contains management frameworks but also covers many practices, such as Design Patterns, Clean Architecture, Testing Theories, etc. Many engineers might never have chances to know these in their careers.
Listen to the Inner Voice
I know it is very interesting to craft amazing software but in reality there are other factors that could determine if they could do that without impediments. I am willing to struggle for that because I know a good culture could largely boost employees’ performance; encourage them to do more for their tasks.
So in Dec, 2020 I got my first certification of PSM-I. At that time I was very excited to achieve that since it is an evidence that I have basic knowledge to handle Scrum events. Well I did have the experience beforehand but I didn’t have a certification to tell other people I could do that, which might seemed weird but in Taiwan we always have to get a tag to prove that we could.
Having the experience of being a software engineer as well as a Scrum Master, I am able to think in others’ shoes to figure out what kinds of painfulness they are encountering and start investigating how to eliminate it in agile methods.
I think it is where my sense of achievement comes from, which is better than just accomplish a software project. That is exactly the reason why I created the Medium account.
Next Step in 2022
In order to interact with more potential readers on Medium, I am going to make some changes this year.
- All posts would be published in English
I have to confess that indeed many agile methods are hard to explain in simple Chinese. Often, I say one sentence and I have to explain the previous one by other three sentences. And I cannot guarantee those who read my articles could correctly catch the point I want to transmit. So in the following posts I determine to write in English. In fact there have been few articles last year written in English and I thought it better to transmit ideas. Simple words explains complex principles.
- Step into other agile practices
In 2021 I spent most time writing topics surrounding management frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. I would like to do more than ever since it would be more interesting to share agile practices that could be applied in real hands-on works and take effect. And I know there are many topics of them scattering around classic books just waiting for us to dig them out. Knowledge that could be adopted is the most powerful.
In other words, I would have to keep programming but my target aims at transmitting the core of agility instead of crafting amazing software, which might be more suitable for my personal career growth.
- Record YouTube videos
I need a tool to scale up my thoughts. Although I have been writing articles biweekly but I know its penetration rate is far less than what an online video could achieve, if I would like others to view many times. Therefore some necessary budget should be invested in to start the journey.
- Share ideas with colleagues
Another action I should take is sharing those agile methodologies with my colleagues. After all, I have to spare effort to influence people around me if I do agree with the spirit of agility. Do it ASAP to see feedbacks. Fail fast!.
Coach ‘s Murmur
Some people might say if you step into management positions, you would never back to technical ones. From the perspective of a coach, it still matters to keep the habit of programming since it could assist you figure out how practical agile methods work in realistic scenarios so that we could further survey how to apply those techniques to improve agility of a team.